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THE BISHOP'S CROZIER: Illuminating Our Path

By Bishop James R. Golka

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Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As Catholic Schools Week approaches, it is worth reflecting on these important words from paragraph 2223 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children.”  The same paragraph goes on to quote Pope St. John Paul II, “Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’”

THE BISHOP'S CROZIER: Giving Away the Gift of Jesus

By Bishop James R. Golka

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"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us . . .” – Isaiah 9:5

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Christmas approaches the days grow darker.  In the Holy Land there is war and wrath. The culture in which we live seems increasingly focused on the material things of the world.  We look around and see those who are physically and spiritually hungry, thirsty, naked, ill, and imprisoned.  It can seem as if the darkness is oppressive.

THE BISHOP'S CROZIER: Be Watchful! Be Alert!

By Bishop James R. Golka

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On this first weekend of Advent, we hear Jesus in St. Mark’s Gospel encouraging us to, “Be watchful!  Be alert!” With these words, Jesus is not suggesting we prepare for his birth, so what is this emphasis on watchfulness on this First Sunday of Advent?

THE BISHOP'S CROZIER: Giving Thanks

By Bishop James R. Golka

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“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In a few days, our country will celebrate the annual Thanksgiving holiday.  This event happens every November, and for one day each year we are called to count our many blessings, to give thanks.

THE BISHOP'S CROZIER: Vocations are the Key to the Sacramental Door

By Bishop James R. Golka

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He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal [the sick].” – Luke 9:1-2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is common for a bishop during liturgies to wear the “miter,” or ceremonial headdress. The miter is a symbol of authority. It is important to note that this authority does not mean, “I am your boss, and you do what I say.” It is a much better authority than that. This is the authority that Jesus gave the apostles and the Church (that is us!) to act in his name.

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